TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - RECOVERING FROM RACES
By Rachel Cieslewicz
Editor’s Note: Rachel Cieslewicz traveled from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Las Vegas last week and won the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run (see race recap below). In her latest entry on tips for trail runners, she offers advice on recovering from such race travels.
For many athletes, race season means spending a lot of time preparing for, traveling to, and competing in events. Some of us may find ourselves racing many weekends in a row, or even multiple events in one weekend.
What we learn over time is that our ability to recover is just as important as our training and preparation for the big event. In general, we know to rest, ice, eat well, rehydrate, and stretch post-race.
Adding travel can make it a bit more complicated. Here are some tips to make recovering from travel and racing the best experience ever!
Recovery from travel starts before you leave your home. Traveling to your event without complications will equate to a great race as well as better post race recovery.
MORELAND, CIESLEWICZ RUN TO WINS AT LAKE LAS VEGAS
Jeffrey Moreland and Rachel Cieslewicz pulled away during the grueling climbs in the last miles of the race to win the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas half-marathon trail run on a crisp, clear morning in the southern Nevada desert on April 9.
With the victories, Moreland and Cieslewicz earned round-trip airfare from the west coast to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines, and both said they will use the ticket to compete at the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on Oahu, Dec. 4.
Moreland, a 33-year-old software developer out of Reno, Nevada, finished the 13.2-mile run in 1:23:17, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Andy Ames from Boulder, Colorado. The race, however, was a lot closer and a lot tougher (with a total of 1,720-feet of climbing on loose “moon rocks”) than the final times would suggest.
“This race was really challenging, between the washed-out sandy sections, the big climbs, the rocky sections, and the competition itself. I think I really benefitted from running on similar surfaces back in Reno,” said Moreland, a former cross-country standout out at New York’s Binghamton University. “And Andy was right behind me nearly the entire race and really made me work for this win.”
A ROOKIE AND A VETERAN PREVAIL AT BLACK MOUNTAIN
Ryan Barrett made the most of his first XTERRA Trail Run, and Heather Fuhr made a successful return to XTERRA racing to highlight the XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run on Sunday, April 10, at San Diego.
Barrett (pictured courtesy SuperSportsPhoto.com) was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer trail course in 1 hour, 5 minutes, 3 seconds. That he topped a field of more than 250 runners was impressive enough. Making it more so, Barrett is 15 and was the youngest runner in the entire field.
“My school is on spring break, so I wanted to do a long run to stay in shape,” said Barrett, who is a sophomore at Westview High in San Diego. “This was actually my first 15k (race). I run cross country and track for my high school, so the longest races are usually 5k.”
Home-course knowledge played a role in Barrett’s victory. He lives near Black Mountain Regional Park, and said he trains on those trails every weekend.
“This was my first time doing this race, but I’m actually on that trail all the time,” he said. “I knew that there was a big hill at the end, and I don’t think the guy in second (place) knew. He was close to me with about two miles to go, then I started to get ahead
XTERRA WACO TRAIL RUNS THIS WEEKEND
More than 200 runners – most of them from Texas – will participate in the XTERRA Waco Trail Runs on Saturday, April 16, at Cameron Park in Waco, Texas.
Some of Texas’ top runners are registered, including defending women’s champion Claudia Spooner, 2010 Texas Series champion Matty Weston, Miles Sellers, John Craft, and teen sensation Dylan Johnson.
The event will feature three separate courses – 21 kilometers, 10k and 5k – but the highlight is the 21k championship course that features a trek up “Jacob’s Ladder.” The Ladder is actually a set of around 150 concrete stairs that go straight up the side of a hill.
The race will serve as the third of five events on the 2011 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series.
XTERRA TRAILOR PERFECT FOR TOWING THE KIDS AROUND TOWN
The XTERRA crew spotted the XTERRA Ogden 2-in-1 bike trailer while picking up recovery food from Costco in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. The performance bike trailer has an alloy frame that reduces weight and sway when towing, and features a full suspension system that reduces rider impact on rough surfaces.
Read more here, and check it out at your local Costco.
DISCOUNTS AT XTERRA GEAR
XTERRA Gear is offering a 25% discount on all items at www.xterragear.com for a limited time.
There are even a limited quantity of XTERRA Lake Las Vegas specific tee’s, hoodies and caps still available with free shipping. (Note if you buy other items along with the Lake Las Vegas products the normal shipping rates will apply.)
To get the 25% discount enter the personal discount code: VEGAS11 when you go to check out.
This offer is good through April 18, 2011.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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